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The Phantom Planet

Published 1961

A spaceship is drawn towards a planet populated by tiny people where the atmosphere shrinks the astronauts as well.

This film was featured on the television program Mystery Science Theater 3000.

You can find an MP4 of this film here.

You can find out more about this film on its IMDB page.

Run time 1:22:04
Producer Fred Gebhardt
Production Company Four Crown Productions Inc.
Audio/Visual sound, b&w
Language English


Reviewer: I_h8_screen_names - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 8, 2013
Subject: Thank you, to the gods in charge of shrinking!!!!!
It is wonderful to know that modesty prevails when one shrinks down on an alien world that one's undergarments shrink as well!
Imagine the embarassment if you shrank and your "Fruit of the Looms" no longer covered your private parts!!!!!
This is good campy fun.
Reviewer: hawtdawg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 20, 2011
Subject: Great fun
This film is a klassic of its kind-- great fun in a silly, campy kind of way. Dolores Faith was luscious in this movie. I found myself getting wistful at the movie's end, wishing for a happy ending for Chapman and Zetha. Thank you for posting and sharing this movie.
Reviewer: nigeldavahah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 3, 2010
Subject: must watch !
Reviewer: picfixer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 31, 2010
Subject: Think Small
With its good production values, good cast and even a worthy background score, this is solid '50s science fiction - that is until minute 28 when it makes a sudden left turn into downtown Schlockville, with our hero landing on a mini-planet full of 6 inch people, the cute ones in miniskirts. Rather than a disappointment, it turns this flick into a whole different kind of fun, featuring silent film star Francis X Bushman, beautiful girls including Coleen Gray and one of the funniest monsters ever. The planet-side plot involves a trial with an all-miniskirt jury, a push-pole duel to the death (almost), a space war against the dreaded "Solarites" and the aforementioned monster stumbling around papier-mache cave sets carrying an unconscious cutie. What more could you want? Don't miss this one! CAST NOTES: In spite of her good looks and acting talent (see "Nightmare Alley" costarring Tyrone Power) Coleen Gray's film career never managed to go very far. If the old studio system had survived, it might have been a different story. Francis X Bushman's acting career spanned from 1909 to 1966, during which he appeared in no less than 209 productions, usually in starring roles.
Reviewer: salt4pepper - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 11, 2009
Subject: Unremarkable, but worth watching
I agree with everything Dave (who isn't here) is saying, but this was one of the most unremarkable and unmemorable movies I have ever seen.

I got this in a boxed set of cheesy sci fi movies (yes, I search them out), and have seen it several times. Each time is new to me because so few scenes stand out.

I give it a 5 for cheese value, but the feeling of having wasted an hour and a few minutes drops the rating to a 3.
Reviewer: daves_not_here - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 12, 2009
Subject: This is only the beginning....
Wow!! This was great. I sat through the whole thing, knowing exactly where MST3K would be punctuating it.
For me, it's the overly phallic spaceship, which I'm sure started life as a vibrator. No longer working, the producer's wife still couldn't bare to part with "Ol Faithful", so she told her cuckhold hubby to put it in his next film somewhere...
And that was just the beginning of this plotless affair...

Everything is classic, from using a chunk of lava rock, and calling it a planet, to the spiky broken-glass looking things controlling the gravity thingy, the bits of linoleum representing dissintigrating plates, it's all so-much camp, and had me laughing through-out this whole cinematic suppository.
Simply for entertainment value, I give it a full (5) *****;;
For the ham and cheezy acting (5)*****. In fact, for the space walk alone, where there is not even the pretense that there's no gravity--boy that 1 stabilizing fin is conveniently placed so we can stroll across it.
Nice classic lines: "push that radar harder, keep pushing it harder"
Overall, a (5)*****, and a must-see.
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